God is in the business of making things new (Isaiah 43:19). When we see him in the first verse of the bible, he was faced with an earth that has become void and in disarray, with darkness everywhere. It was not the earth of God’s “dreams,” it was an earth messed up, but God had the final say.
The earth was remade by God first declaring: let there be light (Genesis 1:1-3). Light signals the beginning of divine intervention. When the word of God (which is light) goes forth, it creates the reality it depicts.
Jesus is the Word sent into the world to put light into the hearts of men, which had been overtaken by the deceit and darkness of the devil.
And that Word created the reality that it represents. As he is the Son of God, he comes with the capacity to make those who receive him (receive the Word spoken by God, the Word manifested by the Holy Spirit) sons of God (John 1:12).
He said that when he is in the world, he is the light of the world, therefore, when we receive him, and he is in our heart, we become lights. He is righteous, therefore, when we receive him, we become righteous in the sight of God (2Corinthians 5:21).
The new creature is the ultimate miracle. The reality of the new creature into which Christ brings us is a higher miracle than any of the miracles of the Old Testament including the creation miracle.
It is the miracle of the light coming out of the darkness of our individual hearts. Paul said that God who commanded light out of darkness had caused the light of the knowledge of his Son to shine in our hearts (2Corinthians 4:6). It is a greater miracle than the first miracle when God said: let there be light. It is a greater miracle because the heart of man has to be changed.
The darkness in the first verses of the bible is merely the absence of light, but the heart of man because of the deep corruption of sin has become messed up, and a brand new one needed to emerge.
It is a greater miracle because the whole world is lower in spiritual value than a single soul (Mark 8:36). It is a greater miracle because it is about life swallowing up death (1Corinthians 15:52-57), it is about our eternal identification with the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus (Romans 6).
It is about God dying and coming back from the dead, giving us his very light, giving us eternal life (John 3:16). It is greater than our imagination can capture, it is something that angels seek to even peep at while it was in the works (1Peter 1:10-12). It was the secret of the ages, and Paul said that it is now being revealed by the New Testament apostles and prophets (Ephesians 3:1-5).
When Jesus was born, angels exclaimed: joy to the world, peace towards men, in anticipation of the miracle of reconciliation between God and man.
How do you bridge the gap between and holy and sinful man? How do you rescue the man held legally in bondage by the evil overlord, the devil (Luke 11:21-22)? How do you roll back the millennial long reign of the devil? The answer is the new creature.
The new creature lives differently, sees things differently. We have the mind of Christ and can receive the things of God, spiritual things (1Corinthians 2:16).
We have new spirits, can become dominant in the spirit as we pray (1Corinthians 14:2-4). The whole point of getting new creature is to have humanity back to what was in the original plan of God for him, to the place of power and prestige, and glory.
The new creature does things never heard of before. We have authority over the devil. Jesus said he gives us authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the powers of the enemy and nothing shall by any means harm us (Luke 10:19). But getting harmed by the devil was the order of the day before the advent of Jesus.
Jesus himself was a new creature. He was a never-before-seen kind of man, made by the will of God and made without sin. Those are the descriptions of the new creature, who you and I are.
John wrote that as many has believed in Jesus are given the rights to be called sons of God (John 1:12-17). And also he said we are born not of the will of man but the will of God.
Also, Jesus told Nicodemus that being born again means to be born of the spirit as opposed to being born of the flesh, and therefore of the will of man (John 3:1-8).
Your being born again was not an accident, you did not plan it, but God did. You were born again by the will of God. It might have surprised you, but God had you in mind all the while. Paul realised that God had separated him to himself from his mother’s womb (Galatians 1:15).
You are his child, and your spiritual birth was something he initiated not just because he gave up his son to die for you thousands of years ago, but he also sends his Spirit to convict you of sin (John 16:7-8), to arrange how you will hear the gospel, and continue to hear it until you yield. He planned for you to come into his fold. He are not an accident of spiritual birth and, therefore, it makes sense that he have plans for you when you come into his fold (Ephesians 2:10).
It is not for fun that the bible says that there is joy in heaven God over one sinner who repents (Luke 15:7). God was watching out for you because you are his elect, you were appointed to be his, you were appointed to be the object of his grace. Paul explained it this way: God said he will be merciful to whom he will be merciful (Romans 9, 11). Your choice is by divine election so that all praise will be to God and salvation will be shown to be truly a gift, truly by grace (Ephesians 2:8).
The focus verse spoke about God creating new heavens and a new earth. That is easier than making man new creatures, and since this has happened, we can be sure that making a new earth and new heavens will happen in a snap.
Describing the making of the new creature, Jesus said that except a grain of falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone but when it dies it brings forth many grains (John 12:24). He hinted that the task of making new creature was going to cost him his life. That is not cheap. Putting the cost into perceptive, Paul wrote that since God did not withhold his son from us but gave him to us, how much more will he, together with him, freely give us all things (Romans 8:32)?
- Christ as Slayer of the Soul (cabalaofchrist.wordpress.com)
- What Bethlehem Taught About Marketing Jesus (averageus.com)